Husky Hits Newsletter for January 9, 2015
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Illness Policy Reminders

from Kelly Basham, School Nurse

It's that time of year again! At St. James', we take steps regularly to keep our children healthy, and we need your support.

The most effective thing you can do to help us in that effort is not to send a sick child to school. Students should always remain home when they have a fever of 100 ÂºF (38 ÂºC) or above. They should remain home until they are fever free for 24 hours, without the aid of fever reducers. This is the school's policy, and it will be enforced. By coming to school sick, a child puts his or her classmates, teachers, and school staff at risk of also becoming ill.

If a student develops a temperature of 100 ÂºF or higher while at school, or if your child is too sick to benefit from school and unable to participate in class comfortably, you will be called to take your child home from school. Children with diarrhea, vomiting, significant cold symptoms, rashes or other illnesses – even if they do not have a fever – should also remain at home.

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our children and our school healthy. For clarity on any of these points, please consult the Parent & Student Handbook or contact Nurse Basham.

First Details about African–American Heritage Month Announced

from the Parent Association's AAHM Committee

Each February, St. James' celebrates African–American Heritage Month with a series of events for the whole community, and we're especially excited about this year's events:

  • Mardi Gras-themed In-N-Out Burger Lunch on Thursday, February 19, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • After-School Movie Matinee (movie and snacks) on Friday, February 20, from 4:00–6:00 p.m.
  • All-School Assembly on Wednesday, February 25, featuring Blackstreet USA presents The Yuppets
  • All-School Chapel on Thursday, February 26, from 8:45–9:30 a.m.
  • Taste of Soul (parents only) on Thursday, February 26, following All-School Chapel
  • Skate Night at Moonlight Rollerway on Sunday, March 1.

Skate Night is the only event with associated fees, which help cover the cost of the other activities throughout the month. We hope you'll sign up today for Skate Night and join us for all of these fantastic events.

You can sign up now, via the Parent Portal.

Opportunity for St. James' Grandparents

from Ryanne Plaisance, Associate Director of Advancement

We have heard from many grandparents that they would like to be more involved in our community, and in response, we are starting a St. James' Grandparents Team in February! We are looking for a few grandparents to help shape and define the mission of this team, which we hope will allow individuals to form lasting friendships and provide wonderful learning opportunities for our students. If you know of a grandparent that is interested, please contact Ryanne Plaisance. We will be hosting a brainstorming meeting with interested grandparents in early February.


Oliver Chin to Visit Campus on January 30

from Christina Olague, Library Media Center Specialist

On Friday, January 30, 2015, Oliver Chin will visit our school and talk to our students about his new book The Year of the Sheep: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac.

2015 is the Year of the Sheep, and this book is guaranteed to be a favorite for readers. The book is about a lamb named Sydney, who learns the lay of the land from her parents and that is important to fit in with the flock! Sydney befriends the shepherd girl, Shi, and together they learn what kind of character a sheep possesses! But how can Sydney uniquely help when trouble arises? You will have to read the book to find out!

Please help welcome acclaimed author Oliver Chin to St. James’. If you'd like to preorder autographed copies of his books, send in the order form (available here) and payment to Ms. Olague.


Calling All Business Owners!

from Ryanne Plaisance, Associate Director of Advancement and Leadership Program Director

Do you own your own business? Do you know what it takes to start your own company? How did you get to where you are today? The leadership program is looking for parents who have started or operate their own businesses to come and speak to our students. We want to hear your story. We want to know what skills you believe are most important in our world to build a business and run it successfully. If you are interested, we would be grateful for your help. Please contact Ryanne Plaisance.


Party Book Parties On Into 2015!

from Katie Donohue & Gretchen Fourticq, Parent Volunteers

Get your party hat on! It's time to complete our Party Book roster for the 2014–2015 school year. We have some wonderful parties in the works and are excited for more submissions! No idea is too big or too small.

Please fill out and send this form or email Gretchen ( and Katie ( directly with your proposal.

The deadline for submissions is January 16. A huge THANK YOU to all of you that partied with us in 2014! We look forward to many more!


Today, students, faculty, staff, and parents gathered to celebrate the first Community Gathering of 2015 and honor our Students of the Month.

Keep up-to-date on all the happenings at St. James' Episcopal School by checking out the Online Calendar.

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Huskies Volleyball Academy

Sun., January 11
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


School Choir Sunday


at St. James' Episcopal Church

Sun., January 11
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 


Huskies Soccer Academy

Sun., January 11
12:00–2:00 p.m.


After-School Enrichment Classes Begin

Mon., January 12


K–6 Admission Open House

Tues., January 13
9:00–11:00 a.m.


5th & 6th Grade Human Development


Parent Orientation Meeting

Wed., January 14
7:00–8:00 p.m.


St. James' Band Rehearsals Resume

Thurs., January 15
7:00–8:00 a.m.


All-School Chapel

Thurs., January 15
8:45–9:30 a.m.


In-N-Out Burger Lunch

Thurs., January 15
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


3rd–6th Grade Progress Reports Sent Home

Fri., January 16


Huskies Volleyball Academy

Sun., January 11
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Huskies Soccer Academy

Sun., January 11
12:00–2:00 p.m.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Mon., January 19

School closed in observance of the day.


Preschool Admission Open House

Tues., January 20
3:00–4:30 p.m.


State of the School Meeting

Tues., January 20
6:00–7:30 p.m.


All-School Chapel

Thurs., January 22
8:45–9:30 a.m.


How Coyote Gets His Powers

from Brian Duggan, Fourth Grade Teacher

In December, Mr. Duggan's class put on a short play, with the help of John Staley, titled "How Coyote Gets His Powers." Below are a few photos from the performance.


Brownies Bring Christmas Cheer to Seniors at St. James' Manor

from Jonathan Dar, Second Grade Teacher

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The Christmas season can be one of the most wonderful times of the year. Sadly, however, for seniors who are alone, it can stir up feelings of isolation and loss.

In December, our very own Brownie Girl Scout troop shared their holiday cheer with the seniors at St. James’ Manor. Troop 16065 provided a bountiful feast and sang classic songs. The faces of the seniors beamed with joy as the Brownies sang Jingle Bells, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Silent Night. Parents Lois Park, Ellen Park, and Sophia Lee coordinated the event.

Samantha Dar, the social worker at the Manor, said that the residents could not stop talking about the beautiful celebration and the generosity of the Brownies, their parents, and the troop leaders. The experience made the seniors feel that they were being honored and – most importantly – not forgotten.


Donors to the Every Child Campaign

We want to thank the following families for their participation. We are extremely grateful to all of you for supporting our efforts to provide every student at St. James' with the experiences and tools they need to succeed.

Christopher and Simone Adams, Brian Agboh and Courtney Kemp Agboh, David and Paula Agnew, Erikson and Melissa Albrecht, Erika Alvarado, Liza DeVilla Ameen, Eric Salat and Lisa Ammerman, Carl and Betsy Anderson, Toshawa Andrews, Daniela Anzueto, Claudia Armendariz, Jeffrey Armour and Michelle Banks Armour, Angelina Arrington, Robin Ashbrook, Raquel Ayala, JR McGinnis and Jim Bain, Tiffany Baker, Aaron Hartman and Jeannine Balfour, Rafael and Gina Barrientos, Xandy and Alison Barry, Kelly Basham, Brenda Bass, Kelli Beard, Clyde Beffa, III and Kirsten Beffa, Dave and Stefanie Bennett, Jessica Bern, David and Fiona Blankenship, William Hooke and Kristin Bountress--Hooke, James Jacks and Helen Breitwieser, Kevin and Belinda Brent, Corie Brown, Gary and Brenda Brown, Jeff Brown and Catherine Hagney Brown, Raymond and Kazon Brown, Alex and Kimberly Bulkley, Jere and Leslie Burns, Faust Jospeh Bustos, III and Kara Bustos, Leigh Dana Jackson and Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum, Bong Keun Park and Ellie Byun, David and Phyllis Cannom, Patricia Velasquez and Laura Carrillo, Stanford J., Jr. and Ruthie Carter, Maria Casas, James Casey, Aaron McPherson and Challen Cates, Jennifer Cefaly, James and Michelle Chalfant, Sonny and Young-Min Chang, Tae Kim and Heeseung Chang, Eric Bauer and Madison Charap, Kelli Chau, Stephen and Jennifer Cho, Charles and Ashley Choi, Jay and Jieun Choi, Jae and Mikyeong Rachel Chung, Debra Clark, Garnel and Phelondra Clifford, Chapman Baehler and Angelica Cob-Baehler, Catherine Collins, Michael Converse and Kathryn Price Converse, Erika Cordero, Chris and Kate Corsmeier, John Hoffman and Jennifer Culp, George and Karen Daisa, Thomas Perkins and Meara Daly, Jonathan Dar, Deborah David, Carol Davis, Mark Albrecht and Teresa De Castro, Michelle Deiotte, Donald Rice and Christine Demaio, Kraig and Monica DePriest, Geoff McFetridge and Sarah Devincentis, Nick DiPasquale, Thomas Discavage, Devin and Katie Donohue, Bo Boddie and Jorjie Douglass, Gary and Serena Duff, Brian Duggan, Ruby Dummett, Matthew Cohen and Caitlin Durham, Steven and Helen Ellis, Tremaine Ellis, Kerry Emery, Justin and Samie Falvey, Joseph and Michelle Farnham, Roy Finch and Susie Landau Finch, Ingrid Finley-Scott, Ronnie Roy and Rachel Fiset, Stephen Yeazell and Ruth Fisher, Gerald and Marketha Floyd, Edward and Gretchen Fourticq, Michael and Janet Fourticq, Natalie Fousekis, Daniel Freudiger, Joshua Friedman, Chenelle Geoffroy, Emad Ghobrial and Amanda George-Ghobrial, Craig and Jill Gillett, Martin and Carmina Glicklich, James Cossman and Denise Gocke, Marina Goyer, Joanne Gratiot, Mark Suveg and Dena Green, Steven and Lisa Grossman, Mark Grotjahn and Jennifer Guidi, Nicefero Guzman, Peter and Jungmin Ha, John Hindman and Jenny Hager, Jeff and Suzanne Hahn, Fred Buescher and Genevieve Haines, Jason and Elisha Hall, Kevin Yoder and Jeffrey Hall, Jackie Pennoyer and Maggie Hamilton, Al and Becky Han, Kevin and Gloria Hann, Jonathan Small and Diana Harlin, Alenoosh Hartouri, Asha Hassan, Barry Smith and Anita Hayden-Smith, Brian Reitzell and Stephanie Hayman, Chris Cook and Jeff Healy, James Tupper and Anne Heche, Steve and Nami Her, Joe and Vanessa Herman, Edward Hermeno, Joan Hester, Jess and A. Chesney Hill, Roland Reynolds and Elizabeth Himelsteinli, Jonathan and Brooke Hodge, Hansin (Scott) Kim and Jihyun Hong, Young Hong, Youngseon Ok and Chung Hong, Robert Mockler and Kelly Howick, Rene Siemens and Carolyn Hull, Mark and Lisa Hutchins, Jun Il and Sung Hi Hwang, Edward D. and Patrice Jackson, Ronda Jackson, Hakeem Kae-Kazim and Bronwyn Jacobs, Chris and Margaret Jacquemin, Kimberly James, Dennis J. Kim and Diamantina Jannone-Kim, Lloyd Lee and Sarah Jeong, Maritza Jimenez, Tom Juda, Jr. and Rosie Juda, Sharon Jun, Taewook Lee and Soyeon Jung, Wuttipong and Malisa Kaewmanaprasert, David Gardner and Snow Kahn, David and Michelle Kahng, Paru Kammula, Myung Lee and Ha Kang, Sara Katz, Joe Davidson and Beth Kawaja, Steve and Olivia Kazanjian, Ilya and Alexandra Kazhokin, Adam Benson and Casee Kelly, Lelamarie Kelly, Apurba Pathak and Christina Kim, Bruce and Stephanie Kim, Chul Bae and Joolie Kim, David and Jennifer Hye Sung Kim, Eugene and Julia Kim, Hwangsoo and Alexndra Kim, Hyung Park and Min Kim, Jason and Chrissy Kim, Jay Yoon and Julie Kim, Je Young and Susan Kim, Jeffrey Rutherford and Dorothy Kim, Justin and Julia Kim, Mark and Jennifer Kim, Max Seongsu Lee and So Hyun Kim, Michael Worthington and Soo Kim, Peter Yu and Nicole Kim, Robert and Joanne Kim, Stacey Kim, Yo Chan Song and Myoung A. Kim, Yong Ho and Jin H. Kim, Forrest and Stacy Kirk, Sean and Susan Kneafsey, Neal Fraser and Amy Knoll, Fabrice Odero and Hee Ko, Aidan Koh, Robert Krueger, Stan Kruglyakov, Alice Kuramoto, Kenley and Nekesha Kyle, Alexa Laffen, Michael Lavigne, Jr., Peter Leak, Ted Leary, Brian and Stacey Lee, Calvin Yongwoo and Esther S. Lee, Clint and Nicole Lee, David Bommarito and Margaret Lee, Jeong Gu and Ji Hae Lee, Jin Ryee and Hyun Ju Lee, Jong Suk and Sae Jung Lee, Jung Min Son and Sun Jung Lee, Kyung Su and Kyung Lee, Patrick Danaher and Johanna Lee, Roger Kim and Soo Lee, Seung Ju Kong and Kyung Ae Lee, Mei-Ling Leonard, Dawn Lett, Jonathan and Ester Leus, Sa'id Vakili and Hyacinth Leus, Kevin and Astrid Lew, Matthew Lesher and Katherine Lewis , Glen and Clara Lim, Gregory Lindy and Cindy Ann Bader Lindy, Gabriel and Cecelia Lopez, Ricardo Lopez, Rosi Lopez, Karyn Lovegrove, Najah Lowe, Loyd Bateman and Rachel Luttrell-Bateman, Sanjay Sharma and Tina Lynam, Mike Lyons, Kevin Monaghan and Javier Machado, Christian and Lara Magnusen, Sam Roseme and Catherine Mann, Agnieszka Marchel, Mike and Claudia Margolis, Bret and Clara Martin, Jennifer Martinez, Emily Martino, Katarina Matolek, Edward McCaffery, Lynn McCarthy, Jody Rath and Shannon Mcintosh, Thomas Bessant and Anne McIntyre, Clarke De Pastino and Rebecca Meiers-De Pastino, Paul and Dete Meserve, Matthew and Karina Miller, Gavin and Anna Milner, Derek Cotton and Molly Moen, Kevin and April Monroe, Aaron Moore and Hannah Cannom Moore, Roger and Lisa Morrison, Todd Purdum and Dee Dee Myers, Chris O'Connor and Martha Nelems, Joseph and Cassandra Nelson, Mary Nichols, Eric Green and Sarah Noonan, David and Lucy Norland, Russell and Anita Norman, Jenny Obuchi, Comfort and Levi Ogbunamiri, Yulie Oh, Christina Olague, Maverick Franks and Tonikiaa Orange, Rosemary Osterberg, Nestor Pangan, Julian Pappas, Alex Choi and Ellen Park, Chan and Rachel Park, David and Jina Park, Hyoung Tae and Lois Park, James and Helen Park, James and Lori Park, Joo Hyung and Su Young Park, Kee Won Jung and Kyunghwa Park, Ken and Nicole Park, Kenny and Jenipher Park, Richard and Elizabeth Park, Pamela Pasley, Prentice and Tasha Penny, Sujatha Periasamy, Richard Chisholm and Lois Perrin, Nicolas and Ida Peter, Tom Nguyen and Tommy Pham, Byron and Jeanine Phillips, Ryanne Plaisance, Daniel Whitley and Kirsten Poirier-Whitley, Felicia Price, Ken and Marcy Pullard, Keith and Erika Quinn, Chad and Sandra Rachild, Mara Raphael, Paul and Nancy Redford, Miles and Luanne Regis, Greg and Cristine Reynaert, David and Gina Riberi, Clare Richardson, Stefan Simchowitz and Rosmarie Riedl, Michael and Laura Riley, Ken Robbins, Paul Robbins, Paul Robbins, Lauren Rodrigues, Lourdes Rodriguez, Shawn Simmons and Christine Rosenberry, John Hesling and Simona Rosset, Eric and Olga Roth, Tara Roth, David Loughran and Melissa Rowe, Alex and Verity Rudzinski, Theppong Sae-Low, Isabel Salas, Hugo Sanchez, Michael and Michelle Sanchez, Nicholas Morton and Marie Schley, John Schlotterbeck, Steven and Janet Schoenholz, Tricia Scott, Jason and Valerie Seitz, Christopher Murphey and Mary Shaifer, Jean Shim, Taos Huskey and Janet Shim, Gerson and Andrea Shin, Seth Horowitz and Bianca Simchowitz, E. Nero and Ariana Lambert Smeraldo, Christopher and Kara Smith, Hubert Smith, Jr. and Charmaine Smith, Liane Smith, David Lucas McDonough and Ruthie Sommers, Danny and Seung Song, Jung Ahn and Yun Song, Pierpaolo Barzan and Valeria Sorci, Stanley Stalford, Jr. and Ruth Stalford, Anthony Maranville and Shana Stein, Karen Stevenson, Dawn Suggs, Carol Swainson, Yun (Scott) Kang and Lauren Swaminathan, Kim Swann, Laura Tarango, Blair Tatton, Maurice and Ann Tatton, Jacqueline Taylor, Linda Tellez, James and Jennifer Tennille, John and SaraJane Thies, Veronica Toriz, Marsha Vargas, Olivier and Sachie Vermeiren, Nancy Vermette, Margaret Vodrey, Patrick and Leslie Walling, Stephen Shiao and Erica Wang, Eden and Candy Warner, David White and Susan Watanabe, Monica Watters, Patrice Westover, Peter and Elizabeth White, James and Lindsay Wilcox, Jason Wolff and Lucy Wild, Rich and Stefania Willens, Lynese Williams, Tim and Heather Williams, Tammy Williams and Leo W. Williams, II, David and Sage Wolf, Susan Woods, Sekou Carter and Sharon Wormley-Carter, Paul and Marianne Yamaguchi, David Lee and Lisa Yang, Scott and Kelly Yang, John and Sherin Ye, Richard Yi, Eric Choi and Sun Mi Yoon, Tim and Jessica Youd, Court and Elizabeth Young, Chris and Erika Younger, Richard Lee and Chan Yu, Paul and Kayci Yun, Byron Zapata, Chris Zapata, Chengyu (Dennis) and Yinglan (Julia) Zhang, Mitch Ziontz, Cary Berger and Lauren Zuckerman

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